, Muskogee, OK

October 12, 2013

Lady Indians fall short in state quarters

Phoenix staff report

— MOORE – Sequoyah’s volleyball saw its dream of a state championship end in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament as Oklahoma Christian swept the Lady Indians 3-0 (25-18, 25-20 and 25-18) at Westmoore High School.

After beating OCS in the Okay Tourney earlier in the season, OCS got its revenge Friday in the first round of the state volleyball tournament. Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin was proud and disappointed.

“We didn’t play the way we wanted to,” Herrin said. “It was a tough match. (Oklahoma Christian) played much better that the first time. We’re disappointed in the fact the we feel we didn’t play up to our capabilities.”

The Lady Indians (31-6) had control of the match early, racing out to a 9-4 lead in the first set. It was at that point that Herrin felt the match turned against his squad.

“We were playing well the first game,” Herrin said. “Then, suddenly they rotate a girl back to serve and I think she scored seven or eight straight points on us and that hadn’t happened to us all year. So that really hurt us. If we could have one that first game, I think we would have won the match.”

The Lady Indians’ only loss to a Class 4A team was to OCS on Friday. This was the first time that Sequoyah’s volleyball team made the state tournament since 2006. Audrey Ballou led Sequoyah with eight kills and two blocks while Jhonett Cookson had seven kills and eight blocks.

“We weren’t satisfied with just getting here,” Herrin said. “We wanted to come here and win the first round, get to the semis, win it and go on. But when the girls look back, and look at our overall body of work this year, they’re going to be pleased.”